Wilkes University

Professional Development Resources

Online Learning Consortium

Logo for the Online Learning ConsortiumThe Office of Technology for Teaching and Learning is a proud member of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). OLC is the premiere organization dedicated to advancing high quality online and blended learning experiences through research, professional development, sharing of best practices. Membership means we are part of a global community committed to advancing the field of online teaching and learning. Benefits of membership include:

  • Full use of the interactive Quality Scorecards
  • Discounted registrations for workshops, conferences and other events
  • Free webinars on various higher ed topics
  • And more...

As an institutional member, Wilkes is able to have up to 30 individuals associated with our account who can take advantage of these great benefits. We encourage everyone who actively teaches online or blended courses to take advantage of the resources available through this membership generously provided by the OTTL. Follow the steps in this document to get started!

Other high quality sources of information and professional development opportunities related to teaching and learning with technology include:

BrightSpace Fusion is the annual user conference for D2Ls BrightSpace platform. It is attended by all types of users from system administrators to faculty presenting their research about online teaching and learning.

Quality Matters is a professional organization dedicated to promoting and improving the quality of online education and student learning. They have developed a scalable quality assurance system that helps organizations ensure a consistent level of quality across courses. Annual and regional conferences are a great way to learn more about the QM quality rubric. Learn more about all that QM has to offer here.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. They offer a wide variety of programs and resources for professional development, research, analytics and advocacy all related to educational technology. Educause has two initiatives related to teaching and learning specifically, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative and the Next Generation Learning Challenge. Wilkes University is a member of EDUCAUSE.

U.S. Distance Learning Administration (USDLA) through its mission of …supporting the development and application of distance learning… focuses on all legislation impacting the distance learning community and its varied constituencies.